It's been a very difficult offseason for Chicago Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez.
It all began back in March when the 24-year-old was arrested in Miami for disorderly conduct, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest.
Those charges were eventually dropped and Rodriguez was set free without further consequence.
From there it seemed like the former tight end had put his troubles behind him. That was until last week...
On May 31st, the former Temple standout was pulled over for improper lane change and speeding on I-90/94 in Chicago.
He was arrested for driving under the influence which is a much bigger offense compared to his arrest in March.
This time the charges will not be dropped. Rodriguez was pulled over on a major interstate while allegedly driving drunk.
Thank God he was pulled over because he could have very easily caused a serious accident. His future with the team is now in doubt. Even more troubling is the fact that Rodriguez could possibly face jail time when this is all said and done.
Rodriguez issued the following statement to the media in the days following his arrest:
"I am deeply sorry for the incident that occurred the other night. I want to apologize to the entire Bears organization, my teammates, coaches and Bears fans everywhere. I realize that I made a very poor decision. I know that more is expected of me and that I let a lot of people down that are counting on me. I will make positive changes in my life so that this doesn't happen again."
Positive changes are a must if Rodriguez is to have a chance of continuing his NFL career. The first thing he needs to do is take care of the legal issues regarding this case.
The second thing he needs to do is to enter a rehab program in order to beat whatever addiction troubles he may have.
Finally, he needs to regain the trust and confidence of the Chicago Bears organization. These next few weeks and months will be very difficult for Evan Rodriguez but these tasks can be completed if he makes the effort and can manage to stay out of trouble.
The second-year player was expected to be a major player in the offense of new head coach Marc Trestman. Despite being drafted as a tight end in 2012, Rodriguez was moved to fullback and was primarily used for run blocking.
This year he was expected to become a bigger piece of the offense in a possible H-Back role. For the moment that's neither here nor there as he needs to get his personal life in order before he can get back on the field.